Hank (Paul Dano) is tired of surviving alone on a deserted island. He is about to end his life, when suddenly the corpse of Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes ashore. Manny’s violent flatulences make Hank wonder if the newcomer is entirely dead. What started as a craving for company turns into friendship and love as the two castaways spend time together. With a magical and crafty visual imagery, fantastic performances, an enthralling soundtrack and a plot much deeper than it might appear at first, Swiss Army Man is one of this year’s hidden gems. It’s a unique and fantastic tale about solitude and what we can do to move forward.
The directors, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, also known as the ‘Daniels’, already made an appearance at Americana Film Festival last year with their incredible short film Interesting Ball. The talent they showed then is even more tangible now with their first feature, which received appraisal from both critics and audience (granted that some walk-outs occurred during its projection at Sundance Film Festival). The Daniels started by winning the Directing Award at Sundance and since then, they collected an impressive list of awards, such as Best Feature Length Film and Best Actor (Radcliffe) at Sitges Film Festival in 2016, and received numerous nominations, including Best First Feature and Best Editing at this year’s Independent Spirit Awards.
2016: Sundance Film Festival – Best direction Award
2016: Sitges Film Festival – Best feature and Best actor (Daniel Radcliffe)
2016: Independent Spirit Awards – Nominated for best first feature and editing
2016: Gotham Awards – Nominated for best direction
2016: International Film Festival Neuchâtel – Audience Award
Runtime: 97 min
Direction: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Screenplay: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Cinematography: Larkin Seiple
Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
OST: Andy Hull, Robert McDowell
Genre: Fantastic Comedy
Subtitles: À quatre mains